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"Are you asking me to wait for bodies to get to shore?" The first trailer has debuted for a very interesting mystery horror titled Aurora from The Philippines. Made by Filipino director Yam Laranas, the film is about an island nation that is disrupted when a massive passenger ship named Aurora mysteriously collides and overturns. The story follows a young woman, the owner of a rundown inn, who must work to stay alive by finding missing dead bodies for a bounty - while at risk of danger from visitors who seek shelter in her home. Starring Anne Curtis (who also stars in BuyBust) with Mercedes Cabral, Andrea Del Rosario, Sue Prado, Ricardo Cepeda, Ruby Ruiz, Allan Paule, and Arnold Reyes. The imagery of the boat in this reminds me of the Costa Concordia disaster, it's just so eerie seeing a boat half flipped like that. Freaky.
"I took an enormous risk… Me, and my colleagues, we take those risks every day because we believe that journalism is a force for good." Screen Daily has released the first teaser trailer for a film titled 438 Days, which is still in production but still looking for international attention. The film is based on the true story of two Swedish journalists who were locked up for 438 days in Ethiopia inside the notorious Kality prison in Addis Ababa, after being tried as terrorists even though they were just there as journalists trying to report on the hunt for oil effecting the local population. Gustaf Skarsgård and Matias Varela star as Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who later wrote a book about this. The full cast also includes Fredrik Evers, Josefin Neldén, Philip Zandén, Faysal Ahmed, and Jesper Ganslandt. This is only a teaser with a tiny bit of footage, but it looks quite good - real and intense and raw. I'm intrigued to see more. Take a look.
"Oslo has experienced this before. And now it's happening again." Magnolia Pictures has released the a new official US trailer for The Quake, the "next big disaster movie from Norway" following the smash hit The Wave from a few years back. This movie is about a massive earthquake that hits Oslo, centered on a fault-line underneath the city of 1.7 million people. They had a big quake in 1904, but they still aren't prepared. The story follows various people trying to survive, of course. Also titled Skjelvet in Norwegian, the movie opened in Norway this summer, and it's opening in US theaters this December. Starring Ane Dahl Torp, Kristoffer Joner, Hang Tran, and Jonas Hoff Oftebro. It's fun to see Norway promoting their country through Emmerich-esque disaster movies, at least it's a change from the cities we usually see. Check it out.
"Don't you dare tell anybody, or else I'll destroy you." Uncork'd Entertainment has released an official US trailer for a funky film from Switzerland titled Blue My Mind, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Lisa Brühlmann. This already premiered at Fantastic Fest last year, and is finally getting a release this fall. Blue My Mind is about a 15-year-old girl named Mia who begins to notice changes in her body. She starts to discover weird changes: her toes begin to web together, then she grows gills and scales. Is she turning into a mermaid? The film is already being compared to Julia Ducournau's Raw, another creepy body horror flick from Europe. Blue My Mind stars Luna Wedler as Mia, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg, Lou Haltinner, and Yael Meier. This looks quite gnarly and almost too close to Raw.
"I can't bear your suspicions…" ScreenDaily has released a festival promo trailer for a Greek film titled Still River, the latest from Greek filmmaker Angelos Frantzis (A Dog's Dream, In the Woods, Symptoma). Set in the frozen Siberian landscapes, it's about Anna and Petros, a couple shocked to discover Anna's pregnancy given they haven't had sex. Their search for an explanation leads to mistrust, and their relationship becomes a battle between the rational and the spiritual. It's described as a "haunting, touching suspense drama about love, trust and faith struggling in the face of doubt." Starring Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou, Indra Burkovska, Juris Bartkevičs, Ivars Puga, Guna Zariņa, and Katrīne Pasternaka. The film is premiering at the Thessaloniki Film Festival next month, hence this trailer bringing some attention to it.
"What happens next in the story?" Music Box Films has debuted the official US trailer for a Swedish-Danish drama titled Becoming Astrid, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. The film tells the story of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren (author of the world famous Pippi Longstocking series), who grew up in a small town, started working for the local newspaper there, fell in love with the much older editor of that newspaper, gets pregnant with him, and decides to leave him to raise the child on her own. This actually is the true story of Astrid, the film tells it with a great amount of elegance and sensitivity. Alba August stars as Astrid and she's easily the best part of this. The cast includes Björn Gustafsson, Trine Dyrholm, Maria Bonnevie, Magnus Krepper, and Henrik Rafaelsen. I first saw this at Berlinale and it's quite a good film (read my review), and I'm glad it's getting a real theatrical release in the US this year.
"Have you seen a dog pass by?" The Match Factory has released the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled Smuggling Hendrix, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is about a man from Cyprus planning to leave the island until his dog runs off and crosses the UN Buffer Zone that separates the "Greek South" from the "Turkish North". He must figure out how to bring him back across. Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Vicky Papadopoulou, Fatih Al, Toni Dimitriou, and Özgür Karadeniz. "Through the simple story of a man who loses his dog, Smuggling Hendrix gives a vivid demonstration of how the fences we build, both real and imagined, between ourselves and others, can be broken down once we recognize the familiarity in the face of the unknown." I'm a dog lover so I'm totally into this, but it also looks damn good.
CineLabyrinth has debuted the teaser trailer for a funky new superhero-fantasy movie from Hungary titled Captain Flame, originally Lángkapitány in Hungarian. The super low budget indie film is designed to look like it was made in the 1980s and released on VHS, and this teaser trailer is even promoted as "VHS retro." Captain Flame is about a burned out, alcoholic "superhero" who only has the ability to make a small flame with his fingers. His city is being overrun by anarchists, and he becomes the hero the city needs just when it needs one the most. Captain Flame stars Peter Minarovits, with a full cast of Hungarian dubbing voice actors including Dorina Csifo, Gabor Harsanyi, Andras Borbiro, Borcsa Erdős, Peter Petrik, Zsolt Zagoni, and Karoly Kassai. I'm not sure what to make of this, have a look if you're curious anyway.
"Maybe… just maybe… I can change my fate." Netflix has unleashed a badass official trailer for The Night Comes For Us, the new action film from Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto (of Macabre, Killers, Headshot, May the Devil Take You, "Safe Haven" in V/H/S/2). This action extravaganza has been playing huge at genre festivals and it's been earning rave reviews from everyone who has experienced it so far. The film is about a gangland enforcer named Ito, played by Joe Taslim, who decides to return home and leave the Tried but ends up in the most dangerous fight of his life. Co-starring Iko Uwais from The Raid, plus Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee, Shareefa Daanish. I just saw this in Sitges and it's awesome - the most insane, violent, jaw-dropping action film I've seen in a long time. Not much I've seen is this good.
"Sometimes, it's better to choose your own family." Magnolia Pictures has released the official US trailer for the Palme d'Or winning film Shoplifters, the latest film from beloved Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, Like Father Like Son, Our Little Sister, After the Storm). Shoplifters is about a family of small-time crooks, but the story is really about what happens when they take in a young girl they find living on the street one day. The film's cast includes Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kirin Kiki , Kengo Kora, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yuki Yamada, Yoko Moriguchi, and Akira Emoto. This mostly understated, beautiful Japanese drama won big at Cannes, but also won the hearts of cinephiles, earning effusive reviews from some of the toughest critics out there. If you're looking to discover some of the finest filmmaking this year, this should for sure be at the top of your list. It's a must watch film from Japan.
"A faultless romantic epic." Amazon Studios has debuted the official US trailer for the award-winning Polish film Cold War (or Zimna Wojna), which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Cold War is the latest from acclaimed Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (The Woman in the Fifth, Ida) and he also won Best Director in Cannes. The film is about a passionate love story between two people, who are fatefully mismatched. Wiktor, played by Tomasz Kot, falls for Zula, played by Joanna Kulig, and they spend years drifting together and apart. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s. The cast also includes Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cèdric Kahn, and Jeanne Balibar. The two leads are stupendous, some of the best performances all year, enhanced by gorgeous B&W shots by Pawlikowski's DP Lukasz Zal. This is definitely going to end up nominated at the Oscars this year, and it's worth seeing in theaters when it opens.
"There's no flaw in you." Neon has released the first official US trailer for the "instant cult classic" Swedish film Border, originally titled Gräns, which originally premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. This was easily one of my favorite films of Cannes this year, an extra funky, wacky, ingenious, one-of-a-kind Swedish tale of love and monsters. Border is about a woman named Tina, played under heavy make-up by Eva Melander, who works as a customs agent, sniffing out sneaky people hiding things. One day she encounters a strange man who she's oddly attracted to, and they strike up a relationship leading to her learning the truth about herself. The cast includes Eero Milonoff, Jorgen Thorsson, Ann Petren, and Sten Ljunggren. This little film is so weird and funky, but so damn good. Nothing else like it.